According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Wisconsin is currently up in arms over a recent union law ruling which bars unions from voting each year on whether or not they want to remain in existence. A lawyer for the state argues that the annual vote is a Constitutional right, and that the unions should be able to take a vote each year.
In the midst of the teacher riots in Chicago, states have taken a scrutinizing look at their own labor union laws, and Wisconsin as determined that their unions should not have the right to these types of votes. One Special Counsel representative named Joseph Olsen says that the court needs to reverse the ruling that says that recertification laws violate the U.S. constitutional guarantees of equal protection. The court currently upholds the stance that some unions are engaged in public safety and do not need to comply with the vote.
New legislation called Act 10 would require unions to poll their members each year to ask them whether or not they want to continue in the organization. If the union receives a positive number of votes from all members, then they would have the right to continue. Some think that the voting law is politically motivated and discriminatory. Others say that the law is necessary.
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